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Crimson Tide (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

Hans Zimmer

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Album Review

For better or for worse, Hans Zimmer's Crimson Tide remains one of the defining film scores of the 1990s — the first and most popular of the electronic action scores that dominated the genre throughout the latter half of the decade, its propulsive, bombastic approach perfectly captures the artifice and soullessness of a Hollywood era dominated by computer-generated effects and genetically engineered stars. Zimmer's frantic, testosterone-fueled melodies embrace function at the expense of form — there's nothing remotely noteworthy except their sheer relentlessness and visceral intensity. There's no doubting how perfectly this kind of music complements the modern action blockbuster — whether the previous statement constitutes a ringing endorsement or a scathing indictment depends entirely on the perspective of the reader.

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This score is nothing short of incrediable. I will say two things though, tracks 2 and 4 do lag I feel at times, but track 5 (Roll Tide) is so overwhelmingly powerful I give this a 5 star rating. This album is worth buying if only for listening the first four tracks build and lead up to track 5. What I was most impressed with was Zimmer's remarkable ability to draw out his main theme in track 5. First the horn section intros it, then the horns play the main theme. After that the main theme get spread out through various instruments in the ensemble. As this is occuring many variations occur (especially in the string section). Then, like a sonic boom, the tom drums come in and the string section plays what sounds like a new theme, but is really just powerful support for the main theme except the horns aren't playing it (gives me chills every time I hear it). The string section continues their powerful support and then the horns blast the listener with the main theme once again. Then there is another extention and a repeat. Then the piece continues ect ect Say what you will about Hans Zimmer being a Neo-Romantic and using classical techniques, he writes some of the most powerful themes of any composer I have ever found. Crimson Tide is Hans Zimmer at his best. It would be wrong for me not to give this five stars.

Good moody music

My favorite Hans Zimmer work (and that's saying a lot). Tracks 1 and (especially) 5 are great, and even though 2 and 4 get long, they're excellent as well. They don't have the theme, though (except briefly in "1SQ" near the end). But if you've seen the movie, this will bring back the submarine feeling quickly.

Awesome Soundtrack!

Hans Zimmer nailed it with this soundtrack! Crimson Tide should be considered one of his best scores ever. The flow of the music is perfect; the album has only 5 tracks, but they are long. I strongly recommend this soundtrack.


Born: September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Hans Zimmer was born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany; after relocating to London as a teen, he later wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates, and in 1980 collaborated with the Buggles on their LP The Age of Plastic and its accompanying hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." A stint with Ultravox followed before Zimmer next surfaced with the Italian avant-garde group Krisma; he then formed a partnership...
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